Monthly Archives: March 2011

FREE Comedy Tickets for Cole Valley Alley Readers

Five-time Emmy nominee Will Durst

The infamous ’80s Cole Valley comedy club, The Other Cafe, is launching a new comedy showcase series, with its first SF show next Saturday Night, March 26th. This one night only event will feature Boston’s top comedian Don Gavin with SF favorites Will Durst and Johnny Steele. Three true headliners in ONE show! And based on KQED’s rave review of The Other Cafe reunion show last fall, this upcoming event is sure to be a pee-inducing good time.

The comedy club’s founder, Bob Ayres, is inviting folks from the old neighborhood to the show as special guests of Cole Valley Alley. Tickets are $35 for the general public, but if you grab the comps before Thursday March 24th (and while they last), you can be part of a FREE block of seats set aside especially for CVA supporters. Tickets will given on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay, as supplies are limited.

Come laugh with us and get to know your neighbors (old & new). Be sure to sign up by Thursday, March 24th, or before the block of tickets are all claimed (whichever happens first).  And don’t forget to tell your neighbors about this amazing deal and show.

DON GAVIN, WILL DURST, AND JOHNNY STEELE.  Sat March 26th, 8 PM at the Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts, 3200 California Street, San Francisco.

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Roller Derby This Saturday!

Be sure to check out the American Roller Skating Derby World Championship Game this Saturday (March 19th) at Kezar Pavilion, where the San Francisco Bay Bombers will be taking on the Brooklyn Red Devils. Tickets are $10 online or $20 at the door. The action starts at 8 PM.


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Brief Burger Hiatus Draws to a Close

Looks like BurgerMeister (86 Carl St @ Cole) has been closed since Monday for “new kitchen equipment installation”. But fear not burger lovers, as it appears they’re scheduled to reopen tomorrow.

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News About Town

Photo Credit: Reuters/Kyodo via Burrito Justice & The Atlantic

Some frightening photos of the post-earthquake tsunami in Japan (Burrito Justice)

Tsunami waves wreak havoc on Santa Cruz, Crescent City Harbors (SFist)

Rachel Levin considers the true cost of shopping at Whole Foods Haight (The Bold Italic)

Matt Baume also examines the Haight Street “Supermarket Wars” (NBC Bay Area)

Rec & Park moving forward with Haight-Ashbury Recycling Center eviction despite Board of Supes vote (Bay Citizen)

Major transit/bike/ped improvements on the way for Church & Duboce (Streetsblog SF)

Hop on board the magic school… TRAIN?! (Telstar Logistics)

Mayor Bloomberg, meet Mayor Lee (SFGate)

Get your Irish on! St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival TOMORROW (Bay Area On The Cheap)


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Expanded Haight Street Market OPEN!

The expansion of Haight Street Market is mostly complete and officially opened for business yesterday. Check out all the details at Eater SF, then head over to SF Weekly for their great follow up piece.


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Crime Report for March 2, 2011

Excrement, identity fraud, weapons, wine, and more.  Excerpts from the Park Station Newsletter:

2400 block of Geary Blvd.  10 AM Residential Burglary  Occurred between March 1 and 2. Forced entry of building’s storage unit. Wine taken.

Baker and Hayes Streets  10:50 PM Narcotics Case  Officer Elieff arrested a 32 year old SF man on a local misdemeanor warrant and found cocaine in the man’s possession. The man was later released when the City Jail refused to accept him due to a medical condition. A warrant for the man’s arrest will be sought.

1200 block of Fell St.  4:45 PM Theft  A 29 year old SF woman presented herself to a bank teller as an account holder and tried to withdraw $2,400. She could not answer bank security questions correctly and so the police were called. Officer Barnes investigated and arrested the woman for fraud. The account holder had suffered a loss of her ID card and checkbook in an auto burglary in the East Bay in February.

Golden Gate Park – Hippie Hill  4:20 PM Weapons Case  Officer Doherty arrested a 40 year old Bayview District man for possessing a concealed knife.

1500 block of Haight St.  12:30 PM Theft  Suspect stole a jacket from a store.

Haight and Cole Streets  2 PM Warrant Service  Sergeant Koltzoff detained a man who had been seen swinging a hammer wildly. He arrested the 37 year old SF resident on a misdemeanor assault warrant issued in Oakland.

Masonic Ave. and Haight St.  5 PM Public Nuisance Officers found excrement on their parked police car and studied the video of a nearby store’s surveillance camera. They saw a local man empty his colostomy bag on the car. They searched the neighborhood and arrested the 29 year old SF man for disorderly conduct and for creating a public nuisance.

200 block of Noe St.  10:15 PM Fire Report  SFFD extinguished a fire inside a laundromat. The cause appeared to be accidental.

Noe and Beaver Streets  10:50 PM Traffic Collision  While assisting in the above fire investigation Officer Pedrini heard a collision nearby and cited a 24 year old OMI District man for driving without a license when he collided with a tree in a median strip.

Waller St. and Masonic Ave.  5:50 PM Weapons Case  A motorist reported that a pedestrian brandished a handgun at him. The motorist followed the gunman and lost sight of the man on the 1400 block of Haight Street. Officer Gumpfer and posse closed down that block of Haight Street and searched every store for the gunman to no avail.

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Lots of Love for Proposed 9th Ave Parklet

Image rendering by architect Jack Verdon

Per Streetsblog & The N Judah Chronicles, Inner Sunset neighbors are overwhelmingly in support of a new parklet planned for the space in front of Arizmendi Bakery.

Wouldn’t a similar parklet be a great addition to Cole Valley? How about right in front of Zazie, where large crowds often fill the sidewalk awaiting seats for brunch; or maybe outside the planned Ice Cream Bar?

Lets start the discussion with Cole Valley business owners to get them on board.


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